Academic Program Requirements

Public Health Major (B.A.) Formerly HAPP

Students are now able to list more than one track in their degree audit and their transcript! For more information contact your advisor or Ms. Sanford.

Please refer to the “FAQs” tab for additional information.


Public Health checklist summer 2021

Minimum GPA Requirement
  • Students who want to change their major to Public Health must meet with an advisor for a signature and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • HAPP students are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA from time of declaration to graduation.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5+ is required to enroll in HAPP 300 and HAPP 470.
  • All coursework towards the Public Health major must be passed with a C or better.
GPA Notification

If you received a myUMBC notification that your GPA has fallen below the 2.5 cumulative GPA required for Public Health see important instructions below:

If this is your first notification, you need to raise your cumulative GPA above 2.5 next semester in order to remain in Public Health. Refer to the tips below for strategies for improving your GPA. If you would like to speak with your advisor, please schedule an appointment

Tips for improving your academic success next semester:

  • Reduce your course schedule to 12 credits.
  • Only repeat one course from a poor grade. Be realistic on your ability to be successful in the course repeat. Be sure you have the time and the academic support and consult with your advisor on how a course repeat will impact your GPA.
  • Be sure your courses are a mix of topics and not all science or writing.
  • Speak with your instructors if you are having difficulties.
  • Go to the Learning Resources Center for assistance.

If this is your second consecutive notification, you are no longer permitted to remain a Public Health major and must speak with someone regarding other major options. Please make an appointment with the Office of Academic & Pre-Professional Advising or the Career Center.

Academic Misconduct

Any student who has been dismissed in any way from the institution due to academic misconduct is not permitted to continue in the Public Health program. Readmission petitions will not be considered.


Completion of the Public Health program requires careful coordination of track selection with internship placement. Additionally, differences in future career plans for graduate education or immediate post-baccalaureate employment are important influences on his or her overall academic program and course selections. With these considerations in mind, early and continuous contact should be established with a program advisor. For more information on advising, please refer to our Undergraduate “Advising” tab.


HAPP Minor

HAPP Minor Checklist